Research commissioned by Internet security specialist Webroot suggests that small- to mid-sized businesses are becoming more vigilant when it comes to their employees' use of social networking sites. The survey of more than 1,000 businesses from the United States and United Kingdom with up to 500 employees finds that most respondents (81 percent) have an employee Internet policy. Half of respondents (50 percent) say employees are not permitted to visit any social networks via a company computer or laptop.
The report finds that, just as new variants of the Koobface social networking worm continue to evolve, so do company policies. In fact, 42 percent of respondents have implemented an Internet-use policy as a result of an employee's inappropriate use of a social networking site, and more than one-third (34 percent) deployed a Web security product to monitor Internet use and enforce policies.
Four in 10 of those polled (39 percent) have an Internet-use policy that prohibits employees from visiting Facebook, while 30 percent block access to Twitter and 27 percent prohibit access to video-sharing sites such as YouTube.
Webroot sponsored the online survey of businesses with 500 and fewer employees between Oct. 29 and Nov. 3. Invitations to participate were emailed by e-Rewards to panel members in the United Kingdom and the United States. Respondents qualified for the survey if they were purchase decision makers for e-mail or Web security. At the 95 percent confidence level, the margin of error is Â±3.0 percentage points for the full sample of 1,087 respondents, Â±3.6 points for the U.S. sample of 751 and Â±5.4 points for the U.K. sample of 336 respondents.
For more, read the eWeek article Half of SMBs Block Employee Access to Facebook: Report.